Flores said the one of the house's most beautiful qualities is the accountability that develops among the women. While it can be difficult for people in general to give or receive feedback, she said, the women routinely warn each other about dangerous behavior or motivate each other to find better solutions.
"They empower each other, and they support each other, and they are quick to point out when they are seeing something that is starting to go wrong."
"We don't want them to feel accountable to us. That's not our role. Our role is to provide an opportunity for them and the support and resources to help themselves to permanent stability. Holding them accountable to us is not the message, is not the mission. Letting them be accountable to each other is very strong and powerful."
According to the Catholic Sun, 50% of the residents are expected to gain income within 30 days and 80% to gain income within 60 days. Four in ten are working to reunite with their children. Last year alone, the house served 25 women.
The Diocese of Phoenix now wants to use the Juniper House as a model for similar homes across the state of Arizona. A diocesan campaign that began two years ago has raised the funds to help the project expand to Maricopa County and Yavapai County, with $1 million going toward the expansion.
Flores expressed hope that the project will continue to grow, providing more women with the opportunity for rehabilitation.
At Catholic Charities, she said, "it is always our mission to serve our community's most vulnerable. So we are always looking to see what is that vulnerable population that is not being served."
This article was originally published on CNA March 31, 2019.